Your class will be divided into small teams of 5-6 students. Chosen to maximize your potential for personal growth, each team member has a different personal and professional background. Crafted to both challenge and inspire you, this team-based model adds to your academic experience. The goal is to create diverse teams that mimic a real-world global work environment, so don't be surprised if every member of your team lives in a different time zone.
Developing Leadership & Team Skills
Because much of your coursework is done collaboratively, you'll have to learn to trust and depend on one another. As one part of a whole, you will develop leadership skills and learn how to work as a supportive member of a team, while benefiting from diverse talents, abilities, and perspectives. You'll experience real-world interpersonal growth and develop successful team-building strategies as you learn to navigate the challenges of working with different personalities, work styles, and expectations. By the end of the program, you'll motivate group members and constructively solve team conflict--two critical skills for global business leaders.
Orientation for Your Team
Teams are assigned at the beginning of the program. We will provide a framework for group success with several days of orientation dedicated to teambuilding. You will develop a team charter to guide the ways your group operates. And, during a day at a ropes course, you will participate in experiential learning activities that teach you how to be an effective team member. Your team orientation is led by Mark Brown, Director of the Management Communication Center. He specializes in communication in international business settings, persuasion, effective advocacy, and team communication.
Team-building sessions include:
- Understanding Self and Others
- Building Effective Teams
- Sustaining a Dynamic Community
You will work with your first team through Term II, at which point you'll be assigned to a new team, and engage in a new experience.
Strong teamwork skills are critical in today's business world. Influential leaders like Apple CEO Tim Cook (Evening Executive MBA '88) believe in the power of collaboration. To make the Apple "magic" happen, Cook looks for employees who have the traits of good team players.